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Zara Aina’s Big Ol’ Fancy Pants Benefits

At our annual Big Ol’ Fancy Pants Benefit, stars of stage and screen, friends, family, and supporters don their fanciest pants and come together to celebrate all of Zara Aina’s accomplishments, and raise money to continue making our dreams reality.

We’ve raised the roof at The 52nd Street Project, The Cutting Room, The Sheen Center, and Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater.

Incredible Broadway performers like Brandon Victor Dixon, Caissie Levy, Benjamin Walker, Keala Settle, Wes Taylor, and our very own Bryce Pinkham have brought down the house year after year. See pictures below and learn about our esteemed honorees…

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   Award Winners

In 2015, 2016, and 2017, Zara Aina presented awards to titans in our field, all of whom inspire us every day with the amazing work they do…

2017

Wide Open Humble Heart of Service Award
Stevie Walker-Webb

Planet Earth’s Greatest Citizens
Sheryl Threadgill-Matthews and Jacqueline Hives

Congressional Medal for Awesomeness in the Achievement of Excellence
Oskar Eustis


 2016

Wide Open Humble Heart of Service Award
Claire Fraise

Planet Earth’s Greatest Citizen
Vy Higginsen

Congressional Medal for Awesomeness in the Achievement of Excellence
Stephanie Ybarra


2015

Wide Open Humble Heart of Service Award
Carol Waechter

Planet Earth’s Greatest Citizens
Susan Cummings-Findel and Stefan Findel

Congressional Medal for Awesomeness in the Achievement of Excellence
Lear DeBessonet